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Sophisticated Fashion

"I've always loved intelligent girls, no matter how they look. It troubles me that the media celebrates women acting like bimbos on TV — it's not cute, it's ridiculous. I call it "Paris Hilton Syndrome"; there's a place for that superficiality — but it must neutralized by an equally powerful, intelligent counterforce in culture." Prabal Gurung

Infamous designer and fashion personality guru Prabal said it like it is: Fashion should celebrate strong, smart women that exude positivity. Sophisticated, mature styles convey a woman's smart character. These are ways to adopt the refined look that can be as perfect for the office as it is for coffee with friends.

Trends Away

Stay away from trends. That's right, you're still on the fashion site, but for this style anything too trendy is inappropriate. You can create a fusion between sophistication and trends. For example, if royal blue is in, choose a polo shirt a la Kate Middleton rather than a cropped top.

Conservative Chica

Sophisticated fashion is sexy in its own way, but anything that flashes too much skin is out. Three quarter sleeves over sleeveless and round collars over plunging v-necks.

Office Inspired

Take your cue from what you or other women wear to the typical stereotypical office. Blazers, pencil skirts, black pumps, and black rimmed glasses. Think polished and professional. To tone the seriousness down, mix such pieces with casual ones; like jeans and a blazer.

Neat Hair

Nothing too fancy and curly here as hair needs to be sleek, but effortless. Pulling your hair up or wearing it in a bun would really match the bookish vibe you are going for. Go for classics with a twist.

Quality Test

Cheap items are not part of this lookbook. This is a good theory to live by and even more so if you're following sophisticated chic: Fewer brand items are better than millions of duplicate ones. Invest every once in a while in that classic item, the material and fit need to be exquisite.

Sophisticated, Smart, and Fun – Pocket Posh

Books just got hotter, and we mean way hotter! Remember those dusty books on library shelves? They might have worked for History class, but for the fashionable intelligent woman, books need to look as great as she does. The creative geniuses at Andrews McMeel Publishing know that fashion and style are not exclusive to clothing and they've developed the products to prove it.

Pocket Posh is a new line of cute books that fit right in that stylish denim pocket or leather tote. The glamorous reads come with colorful covers embellished with glitter, foil, or embossing fit for the trendiest fashion store. From knitting and quilting to dining out and counting calories, they feature must read advice or fun games like character based crosswords and Sudoku that you can play on the go. Check them out!

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